Saturday, September 8, 2012

Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Proof Coins at The Perth Mint

In 2013, The Perth Mint’s internationally renowned Australian Lunar II Silver Proof Coin Series celebrates the Year of the Snake, the sixth animal in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

These superb proof quality releases are perfect for people born in ‘snake’ years.

The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar snake include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.  Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming.

For the first time, and by collector demand, The Perth Mint is also introducing the new format of an individual 1/2oz silver coin.

Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

Stunning Snake Reverse Designs

The reverse of each coin depicts a representation of a snake curled around a tree branch. The Chinese character for ‘snake’ and the inscription "Year of the Snake" also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

New 1/2oz Format

For the first time ever this design is now available in a 1/2oz format.

Australian Legal Tender

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

Extremely Limited Mintages

No more than 8,000 1/2oz coins, 5,000 1oz coins, 500 kilo coins and 1,000 three-coin sets will be released.

Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Each coin and set is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Stylish Presentation

Australian Lunar silver proof coins are housed in stylish black and red display cases. Each case is presented in a superbly illustrated shipper.

Technical Specifications

1 kilo 2oz  1oz  1/2oz
Silver Content (Troy oz) 32.151 2 1 0.5
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 30 2 1 0.50
Fineness (% purity) 99.9  99.9 99.9 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 1003.002 62.270 31.135 15.573
Maximum Diameter (mm) 100.60  55.60 45.60 36.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 14.60 3.60 2.60  2.30

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